Not everyone can “wing it” when it comes to mealtime, and that’s okay. With the ever-growing trend of dairy-free and plant-based eating, it can be intimidating when looking for a cookbook. Choose from any one of these essential dairy-free cookbooks, and you’ll be set with recipes to excite your palate and fuel your body to perform at its optimal best!
1. Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon
Pick up this cookbook for familiar, healthy, and family-friendly recipes even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy. The no-fuss recipes include comforting dishes such as African peanut stew, Thai veggie noodle bowls, bean and vegetable-based burgers with baked sweet potato fries, and an array of delightful desserts.
2. Eaternity by Jason Wrobel
For optimum longevity—both in life and your sport—pick up this cookbook. While nutrient-dense, the dishes are both crave-worthy and crowd-pleasing. With 150 recipes including superfood salads, burgers, tacos, and desserts, your transition will be a piece of (dairy-free) cake.
3. 30 Minute Dinners by Megan Sadd
Recipe developer and blogger Megan Sadd offers her best 75 nourishing, plant-based recipes to answer the question of “what’s for dinner?”. Get excited for hearty chili, hefty burritos, homemade plant-based sushi, and more—and all of it comes together in just a half-hour.
4. Power Plates by Gena Hamshaw
For those who love bowl food, this is for you. Celebrated recipe developer and blogger Gena Hamshaw dishes up one hundred nutritionally-balanced one-dish meals. Master your favorites, then mix and match to create your perfect bowl of fuel.
5. How Not to Die Cookbook by Michael Greger and Gene Stone
Based on the best-selling book by the same name, this cookbook offers over 100 recipes for every occasion that exemplify the How Not to Die guidelines. After enjoying these recipes for a few days, you’ll not only survive, but thrive.
6. Engine 2 Cookbook by Rip Esselstyn
Written by a former firefighter and triathlete—now a best-selling author and leader of the Plant Strong revolution— this book provides accessible recipes to fuel your life. From satiating bowls to Badass Banana Bread, these 130 recipes will keep your stomach full and your palate entertained for a long while.
7. Native Foods Restaurant Cookbook by Tanya Petronova
This book is jammed with simple yet satisfying dishes—from snacks to apps and dinner to desserts, Chef Tanya has you covered. Learn to make incredible sauces that zhuzh up steamed veggies and discover your new favorite go-to meals.
8. Whole Foods Cookbook by John Mackey, Chad and Derek Sarno
While recipes are included in this book, it’s more of a how-to guide. Learn how to create flavor and texture—without adding unhealthy ingredients such as dairy or excess oil—so you can prepare delicious meals from whatever you have left in your fridge.
9. The Plant Power Way by Rich Roll and Julie Piatt
Italian food—without cheese? Not only is it possible, it’s absolutely delicious. While a bit more advanced, this cookbook by power couple Roll and Piatt masters the art of dairy-free Italian cuisine. From salads and antipasto to pizza, pasta, and desserts, you’ll delight your family or entertain a crowd with these wholesome recipes.
10. Chloe’s Vegan Desserts by Chloe Coscarelli
Yes, you can be dairy-free and still enjoy baked goods. In fact, you might just find your favorite cake recipe in this cookbook—dairy-free or otherwise. With over 100 recipes, the choice of what to bake first can be intimidating. Start with the pecan bars and Chloe’s celebration cake.